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December 19, 2019 – When showing holiday season appreciation this year, don’t forget the vehicle you depend on daily. Protecting this major investment also ends up returning the gift in reliability to us. AAA has some gift ideas for the special vehicle on the shopping list this year.

The maintenance and oil change schedules for newer vehicles on the road today often allows for longer periods of time between “check-ups” and doesn’t offer the chance for trained automotive technicians to spot potential problems. Why not shower some extra attention on your vehicle with a bumper-to-bumper holiday health check-up.

AAA offers these gift ideas for the treasured vehicle in your life:

  1. Performance Perfection:
    • With winter’s onslaught ahead, vehicle coolant is critical to the well-being of the engine. Have levels checked to ensure the coolant in the vehicle can handle sub-freeznig temperatures.
    • Get the battery checked: The life of a typical vehicle battery is three to five years. Batteries older than three years should be checked to prevent drivers from being stranded in the cold. AAA Car Care, Insurance and Travel Centers in Oklahoma City and Edmond offer free bumper-to-bumper vehicle checks and membership is not required.
    • Keep an eye on tire tread wear and check the air pressure more often in cold weather. Drivers can check and fill tires at AAA Car Care, Insurance and Travel Centers.  AAA’s approved auto repair shops are also located across Oklahoma for convenience and can be found at
    • Make sure windshield washer solution is rated for winter conditions. The solutions used during the summer can freeze causing the solution reservoir to crack.

Stocking Stuffer idea: new windshield wiper blades for a clean view in the New Year.

  1. Riding to the Rescue:
    • Secure a Knight in shining armor: Even with proper maintenance and tender, loving care sometimes vehicle breakdowns are unavoidable . . . . and can also be dangerous. When breakdowns occur AAA reminds drivers to:
  • Know your location: At the first sign of trouble, look around to determine the location. Look for mile markers or exit signs on highways, and street signs on surface streets.
  • Go right: move vehicle off roadway and as far to the right as possible
  • Alert other drivers: turn on vehicle flashers
  • Stay put: remain in the vehicle and call for help immediately. When help arrives do not exit the vehicle, wait for the first responder to approach the vehicle with instructions.

Stocking Stuffer idea: AAA gift memberships provide safety and security for drivers, passengers and vehicles. Special holiday offers include free upgrades, half-price associate memberships, discounts on renewals and exclusive pricing for Veterans.

  1. Protect the New Car Shine:
    • Give it the spa treatment: regular visits to the car wash are the best way to protect vehicle exteriors and interiors. De-icing compounds used to clear snow and ice from the roadways can damage vehicle finishes and also interiors (when tracked inside).
    • It’s not just the body, but also the undercarriage that needs attention; be sure to include undercarriage spray in the wash selection.

Stocking Stuffer idea: Search for holiday deals offered at area car washes and stock up to save on weekly car washes.

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Who's in the Driver's Seat? The Transformation of Transportation

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, AAA and TEDx Wilmington held the first TEDx Salon dedicated to ideas worth spreading in transportation.

This event had:

  • 12 live talks given by 13 speakers
  • 368 people in attendance at the live event
  • More than 7,500 viewed the event online through Livestream, viewing events, and on the AAA Associate network
  • Online viewers came from all 50 states and approximately 30 countries around the world

View a slideshow from the event

This TEDx WilmingtonSalon was organized in partnership with AAA

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